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Old 06-18-2019, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Ants getting into the boat

I keep my boat in the water at a marina. I keep having a problem with ants getting in the boat, thousands of them. They are coming over on the mooring lines. Ant spray will knock them back but they are back in-force the next time I show up. I don't keep any leftover food on the boat. Anyone had this problem? How did you fix?

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Old 06-18-2019, 10:19 AM   #2
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I have never heard of that to that extent, which marina?
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Are you sure there not termites? Ive seen several boats get eaten up
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Also be mindful that insecticide is a pyrethroid and it will kill the shit out fish in very small amounts
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Termites can't crawl around in the open outside of their shelter tubes. Boats with termite problems are due to aerial infestations.

Some pesticides are illegal to use close to water and home depot pesticides are practically useless with next to none residual.

I would contact a pest control company that is familiar with the pesticide laws and has products that are effective in the long term. A insecticide spray for the whole yard will significantly knock down the population.

Edit: just realised you said marina. That would make it difficult to use a professional pest control service since its not your property. Try soaking the dock lines in some pesticide maybey

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Try wrapping your lines and spraying this on them.. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D53ZXK9..._UnqcDbPMF6J45

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I had this problem with ants. Maybe their trying to build a nest in the foam core of the boat.

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These are 100% ants. I think sugar ants. I think I am just going to try some ant baits in the bilge. That should do the trick.
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Cheap solution if you don't mind some tape on the lines. I wouldn't recommend Tanglefoot, it sticks to everything and is very difficult to remove.
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Default Somebody crammed a sack of Jelly donuts way up under the gunwale

The only way I found the problem was by laying down on the deck to see where those critters were going.

Check for Jelly donuts.

My best bug tale was a big red wasp nest in a cabinet over the head of one of my boats. A really hot chick went potty then realized there was no TP. I yelled down that there was extra TP in the locker above her. The wasps took exception to her fumbling close to their nest. I found out that day that with their drawers down around their ankles women have as much trouble as horses with hobbles. I also found out that a really cute bare bootie makes an excellent target for Red Wasps. In an emergency, modesty goes out the window.
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